Fun With Phyllo Dough

Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups

Phyllo or filo dough is a Greek version of puff pastry. It is thinner and flakier than regular pastry dough, resulting in light layers that crisp up while baking instead of puffing out like conventional dough.

Available in sheets or cups, phyllo dough is excellent for both sweet and savory uses. Famous foods that use phyllo dough include spanakopita and baklava. While you can make phyllo dough at home, pressing it to the required thinness is a serious challenge, so your best bet is to use pre-made sheets. Because phyllo is very, very thin, tears will happen but are unlikely to affect your finished product. You can decrease the change of tears and make the dough easier to work with by unrolling your phyllo sheets and covering with a slightly damp towel for 5 minutes. This moistens the sheets slightly, loosening it up for easier assembly.

One of the best and most infamous parts of cooking with phyllo is the way the light layers crisp up together. This is done by layering butter or oil between each sheet, a meticulous process that is worth it for the look and taste of the finished product! Whether you use the sheets or cups, phyllo is a crowd-pleasing pastry you can stuff and pair with anything to make delicious appetizers, breakfast pastries, side dishes or desserts!

 

Sweets

Honey Cinnamon Rollups

Honey Cinnamon Rollups

Filled with the same walnut-sugar-cinnamon mix as the Greeks famous baklava dessert, these rollups are easy to make and fun to eat. Instead of layer on layer of casserole-style baklava, you only assemble as many rolls of phyllo up as you want/need. Once assembly is done, simply bake for about 15 minutes before topping with a delicious honey syrup, more cinnamon and any walnut mix you may have leftover.

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Mini Phyllo Cannoli Bites

Phyllo Cannoli Bites

Using some pre-made phyllo cups, this recipe is remarkably easy and can be improvised however you and your taste buds like! Ready in as little as 10 minutes, the only prep required is mixing your cannoli filling and adding to the phyllo cups. While mini chocolate chips and pistachios are conventional toppings, you could also use your imagination with crushed cookie, other nuts, sprinkles or any other sweet treat!

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Apple Strudel Phyllo

Phyllo Apple Strudel

We all know apple pie desserts are amazing, but wrapping them up with phyllo dough takes them to new heights. This recipe is an excellent example of the abilities of phyllo – anything pie or puff pastry can do, phyllo can too! Whether its an old fashioned pie, turnovers, tarts or even eggroll-style, you can enjoy enjoy the same stuffings in light flaky phyllo!

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Savory

Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus

Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus

This is one phyllo side dish that could go along with any meal. It takes just 25 minutes to make 24 bundles, so whether you’re craving some crunchy phyllo on a weeknight or you’re trying to impress your guests, these are a home run. First you layer your phyllo sheets with melted herb butter, then cut the sheets down to 24 triangles. From their, wrap, brush with butter and bake until golden brown. 🤘

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Butternut Squash Kale Goat Cheese Phyllo Pie

Butternut Squash Phyllo Pie

Another excellent example of “anything puff pastry can do phyllo can do better”, this savory pie is comfort food at its finest. With onion, butternut squash, kale, parmesan and goat or feta cheese loaded in and baked in layers of phyllo, the final product is a pie that looks as appealing as it tastes. With the tender, flavorful mixture inside and flaky, crispy phyllo crust on the outside, this is one must-try recipe we’re saving for company.

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Phyllo Wrapped Salmon

Phyllo Wrapped Salmon

Ready in 20 minutes, this is a gourmet recipe you can easily pull out for a weeknight. Made by filling a few sheets of phyllo with a dijon mustard seasoned salmon, this dish takes just 12-15 minutes in the oven at 450º F. The finished product is perfectly cooked, delightfully delicious salmon just begging to be topped with a little extra butter and lemon then served with roasted asparagus.

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Appetizers

Jalapeño Popper

Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups

Using frozen phyllo cups, this flavorful finger food is filled with a Greek yogurt, cream cheese, pepper jack, sharp cheddar and chopped jalapeño mixture. Simply mix your filling, add to the phyllo cups and bake for 13 minutes until melty and golden on top. Perfect for any gathering, but especially football games!

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Cups

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Phyllo Cups

A delicious spinach and artichoke dip made with cream cheese, Greek yogurt and mozzarella cheese inside pleasantly poppable phyllo cups! While you can follow this recipe to make your own tasty filling, you can also save time by stopping by our deli to pick up our own ready to eat spinach artichoke dip! Simply use a sandwich baggie as a make-shift piping bag for easy filling and voila! A delicious appetizer in a snap!

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Bites

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Phyllo Cups

Is it just us, or does sun-dried tomato just make anything and everything better? These super delicious phyllo cups are no exception, featuring diced sun-dried tomatoes alongside a pesto-seasoned cream filling complete with parmesan cheese and basil. As easy as it is, this recipe has a fancy feel to it which makes it a perfect hor d’oeuvre option for New Year’s if you ask us!

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What is your favorite way to use phyllo? Tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see!

December 17, 2019